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Spectrum Works, BRIDGES’ parent organization, was recently featured on CBS News for their “apparel with a purpose” at American Dream Mall.

Innovations in hiring and healthcare are ahead of the curve, but the government still needs to play catch-up in providing better access to quality education and greater financial benefits.

A healthy body is a healthy mind, so a teen robotics team put their heads together to design an award-winning invention that encourages autistic people to exercise. Meanwhile, one young athlete is running all the way to the Tokyo Paralympics in September.

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While not widely known, the autism community is an untapped resource of diverse talent. The real challenge is connecting the many skilled individuals with the proper role for them.
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Allow me to introduce myself. I'm Robert Hansen, a 23-year-old who has never worked a job based on an interview, but currently makes upwards of $5,000 a month as an autistic freelance writer. Before getting to this point, I'd worked in production, warehouses, data entry, hospitality, and more, and I've done it all as an autistic man. 
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While not widely known, the autism community is an untapped resource of diverse talent. The real challenge is connecting the many skilled individuals with the proper role for them.
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Talent, creativity, and know-how abound in autistic people, and countless industries await their contributions and innovations. From accounting and the arts to factories and food service, diversity in autism means that there is place within your organization for them to thrive. 
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There is truth to the general association that many people on the spectrum are well suited to work with computers and computer technology. More importantly, those careers and technology are not going away anytime soon – to the contrary – so we should encourage people with that aptitude to pursue those jobs and career paths.
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many people on the spectrum have the aptitude for academics, and one study concluded that autistic people have a natural ability in science and math. One of the noted attributes of autism studied extensively and is key to science and math is systemizing, which involves quickly recognizing patterns and "rules" of data sets or networks.  
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This episode, we are joined by the incredible Autism Level Up! team, Dr. Amy Laurent and Dr. Jacquelyn Fede. Dr. Amy Laurent is a developmental psychologist and occupational therapist, specializing in supporting autistic individuals of all ages. 

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It’s a catch-22. You want to save money on behalf of your autistic child but crossing the $2,000 bank account threshold can disqualify them from receiving supplemental security (SSI) benefits. Limiting the ability to earn an income where making too much can cause you to obtain less doesn’t bode well for increasing accessibility.
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Jia Lee, a special education teacher and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) chapter leader in New York City, reflects on the challenges of adapting in-classroom instruction to virtual learning for students with disabilities in the new normal.
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Mikey Brannigan’s running is taking him to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in September. The biggest hurdle for him is not autism (a challenge he conquered a long time ago) but crossing the finish line once more to defend his gold medal in the T20 1,500 meters.
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U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently joined Patrick H.Dollard, CEO, of The Center for Discovery (TCFD), The Center), and Dr. Theresa Hamlin, president, along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other state and local dignitaries to officially break ground on Children’s Specialty Hospital in Rock Hill, New York. The first-of-its-kind facility will provide comprehensive diagnosis and long-term care for children with complex conditions, including autism, and their families.
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A 2020 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among adults aged 18 years and older in the United States. Key Findings: CDC Releases First Estimates of the Number...
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 Many people with neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia have extraordinary skills, including in pattern recognition, memory, and mathematics. Yet they often struggle to fit the profiles sought by employers. A growing number of companies, including SAP,...
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The Frist Center for Autism and Innovation helps people on the autism spectrum answer these questions: What is the right job for me? What talents do I have that might not be apparent on the surface? What supports will I...
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Michael Andolsek is on the autism spectrum and has a very unique talent that starts with pen and paper. He designs high-end women’s clothing with lots of sparkle and pizzazz. “We design and manufacture dresses, jackets and skirts for women,”...
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Donna Duarte-Ladd has always loved unique fashion for her children. For her young son on the autism spectrum, she had to be more creative to find the right fits and comforts that didn’t compromise style. In this article, she reviews...
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Alaina believes her clothes help her embrace her identity, express herself, manage sensory overload and take pride in being autistic. How Fashion Helps Me Embrace Being Autistic (healthline.com)

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